Alvaro Morata has confirmed his desire to stay at Atletico Madrid and not return to parent club Chelsea: “What I want is very clear.”
The Spain international initially joined Atleti on a loan deal in January and has participated in 16 of the 17 matches for the club since, netting six goals in the process.
His general level of performance has been lauded with the overwhelming opinion being that he has improved from his unhappy stint at the current Europa League finalists.
“What I want is very clear, I want to be here,” Morata told reporters at an event on Thursday, as cited by Marca.
“I want to do everything I can to continue playing at this club and be a success here, I have no intention of going back anywhere else and I am very happy here.
“My idea is to continue playing for many years at the top level and even though this is just a loan deal, this is something that is advancing very well and hopefully there can be the right solution.
“I put my everything into joining this club and now I will put my everything into staying here, it is the only thing on my mind.
“Antoine Griezmann exit? We have to respect this decision for what he has done for the club. Change is always tough but we know we will have a competitive team for next season, everyone is motivated.”
Chelsea may look to return players who are currently out on loan after FIFA upheld their transfer ban across the next two transfer windows, ensuring they cannot sign any new players.
However, Atleti have the final word and are expected to retain the former Real Madrid and Juventus man.